The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and Sydney Entertainment Centre today welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of a timeline for the creation of the new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct at Darling Harbour.
The Centres’ Chief Executive Ton van Amerongen said the creation of the Precinct was evidence of the overwhelming success of both venues since they opened in the 1980s.
“Over the past 25 years we have been responsible for attracting about 20 million people through Darling Harbour, during major international conferences and forums like APEC and World Youth Day, through to world-class sporting events such as the 2000 Olympics,” Mr van Amerongen said.
“In addition to that, the Sydney Entertainment Centre has staged some of the world’s greatest acts and accommodated more than 26 million very happy fans over its 30 year life.
“Throughout that time we have maintained our position as the leading venues in Australia and one of the best convention centres in the Asia Pacific region, contributing well over 10 billion dollars to the economy and continuing to attract new business.
“In addition, the Centres have been platforms for the delivery of an immeasurable amount of innovation, knowledge, performance and entertainment to Sydney.
“As multi-award winning venues, we are very proud of our achievements and my thanks go to our incredibly professional teams of staff who have ensured that we deliver world-class events day after day, year after year.
“We have been so popular that demand for our facilities has now outstripped supply. So our redevelopment, quite simply, is a mark of our success.”
Mr van Amerongen said it would be business as usual for clients booked at the venues through to November 30, 2013.
Following the Government’s announcement that the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre will close its doors in December 2013, the venues will work closely with Infrastructure NSW and Business Events Sydney to assist in the relocation of clients wanting to hold events at the Centres in the period 2014-16, he said.
A timeline for the closure of the Sydney Entertainment Centre is expected to be announced once the plans for the Precinct take more shape.